This article describes an innovative model of educational programming used by our team of U.S. Extension educators for an international development project in Burundi, Africa. Our team designed a model to provide ongoing professional development trainings at a distance using Zoom, a videoconferencing platform. Over a 2-year period, we conducted 18 Zoom trainings with Burundian educators. On the basis of participant evaluation data and the literature, we present key principles for using distance technology in international development projects. Given the current economy and budget cuts in Extension, videoconferencing provides an opportunity for Extension to remain engaged internationally.
Scanga, L. H., Deen, M. Y., Smith, S. R., & Wright, K. (2018). Zoom Around the World: Using Videoconferencing Technology for International Trainings. Journal of Extension, 56(5), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol56/iss5/14